Telling a story in only 200 words is an art.
Nicolas Cole calls it ‘the rate of revelation,’ a term I’d never heard. Most of my 200 word stories start out as longer pieces. The editing process is where I ruthlessly edit the story or thought down to 200 words or less. People appreciate that editing.
For blogging and non-fiction writing, try writing shorter rather than longer.
I tend to feel like anything less than 400 or 500 words isn’t enough of an idea, and usually tend towards longer.
Like this mind garden, I should be less precious about what I write. Try out writing short. My brain loves tweet length content anyway.
Seth Godin’s latest book is literally a collection of mini essays. And this rando guy apparently makes good money writing content I would worry was too short.
I enjoy editing, but don’t usually do much for online content besides cleaning up repeated words and places I repeated myself. I tend to edit as I blog, though, so maybe I do more than I realize.
Something to consider, especially for the newsletter project I’m toying with for next year.